massive
adjective Etymology: Middle English massiffe, from Anglo-French mascif, alteration of massiz, from Vulgar Latin *massicius, from Latin massa mass Date: 15th century 1. forming or consisting of a large mass: a. bulky b. weighty, heavy <
massive walls
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a massive volume
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c. impressively large or ponderous d. having no regular form but not necessarily lacking crystalline structure <
massive sandstone
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2. a. large, solid, or heavy in structure <
massive jaw
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b. large in scope or degree <
the feeling of frustration, of being ineffectual, is massive — David Halberstam
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c. (1) large in comparison to what is typical <
a massive dose of penicillin
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(2) being extensive and severe <
massive hemorrhage
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massive collapse of a lung
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(3) imposing in excellence or grandeur ; monumental <
massive simplicity
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3. having mass <
a massive boson
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massively adverbmassiveness noun

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